The ECRI Annual Report was launched on the day of the Seminar of the Council of Europe’s Anti-Racism Commission (ECRI) for national independent authorities combating racism and intolerance. Meeting in Strasbourg on 26-27 May, the focus is on “The national Specialised Bodies’ role in advising legislative and executive authorities and other stakeholders”.
National Specialised Bodies have the potential to achieve policy change. This potential is realised in providing advice to legislative and executive authorities, as well as to business and trade unions. National Specialised Bodies have also the potential to enhance the wider institutional infrastructure promoting equality and combating discrimination. This potential is realised through engaging with and advising NGOs working on issues of non-discrimination and equality. However, this work of providing advice to different stakeholders faces barriers, such as lack of resources or limited stakeholder interest, incomplete mandate of the national specialised body or pressures to allocate limited resources to responding to individual cases.
The seminar aims to identify barriers to the national Specialised Bodies’ advisory role, to establish how to address them and to find the support needed for this work, as well as to establish how these bodies can maximise the impact of this work.
This event will examine the functions of national Specialised Bodies in:
With a view to provide an opportunity for national Specialised Bodies to:
Representatives of member States’ independent authorities (equality bodies) expressly entrusted with the fight against racism, xenophobia, antisemitism, intolerance and discrimination on grounds such as ethnic origin, colour, citizenship, religion and language (racial discrimination); members of ECRI; representatives of national Ombudspersons and national human rights institutions; as well as members of national parliaments, representatives of local authorities, European and international intergovernmental organisations, NGOs and networks.
For further information (including the programme and the background note), please check the ECRI website